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Societal entropy
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Societal entropy

We are in the midst of longterm, historical, change. For example, while family structures have varied throughout history, the family today is in terminal decline.   Steve Latham   Visitors from abroad to Britain, frequently comment on our distant family relationships, when compared to their home country. Their own migration […]

No way out in Spain
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No way out in Spain

Our son finally left home, and got a job, teaching English in Spain. He ended up in a small out-of-the-way town, called Cáceres, in the Extremadura region.      Steve Latham   It’s a long way from anywhere: a two-hour flight from Stansted, then bus through Madrid, followed by a […]

Elites and elitism
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Elites and elitism

Brexit and the election of Trump are heralded as victories of the little people over the elites, of ordinary folk over the bureaucracies who rule them.   Steve Latham   In truth, these political earthquakes represent merely the triumph of one elite over another, even different elite-fractions within the single […]

The irony of Trump
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The irony of Trump

NSA, CIA, FBI – these initials read like a litany of hostility for the liberal left. How ironic that now these organisations provide ammunition for assaults on the darling of conservatism, Donald Trump.     Steve Latham   Since the Cold War, the US opposition, from moderates within the Democratic […]

The dialectics of doing nothing
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The dialectics of doing nothing

The smell of weed percolated under our front door. The ‘lads’ were back, hanging round our block of flats during the evenings.   Steve Latham   They talked loudly, voices echoing through the corridor. A group of tall, young males, in their late teens, they were intimidating presence on everyone […]